Superintendent Andy Webster of Lancashire Constabulary has said that searches are ongoing at an Islamic school for girls following reports of sexual abuse, but that it is being treated as an "isolated incident".
He added that detectives were trying to identify the alleged victims and that it is not known whether they are current or former pupils at the school.
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The deputy sheriff stood outside Marjory Douglas Stoneman school, watching the western entrance of the school for more than four minutes.
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